"Our first choice was diplomatic resolution that allows us to lessen sanctions. But we remain prepared to do more if necessary. We will continue to work with our allies to increase pressure on Russia," Secretary Jacob Lew said at a briefing in Kiev.
- Yes, I think it is a matter of balance of power.17.8% (454)
- No, I believe the countries will return to a constructive dialogue.6.8% (174)
- I don’t think the situation should be viewed in that context.10.0% (255)
- I think the new Cold War is already on.65.4% (1674)
At the same meeting, the United States agreed to provide $2 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine.
The United States, the European Union and a number of other countries have imposed several rounds of economic sanctions against Russia since March 2014. The West cited Moscow's alleged interference in the Ukrainian internal conflict as the pretext for the restrictions. Moscow has repeatedly denied these accusations, saying they lack evidence.
The sanctions target Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors, as well as certain individuals the West accuses of being directly involved in the deterioration of the Ukrainian crisis.